Fertility control of badger populations as a means of reducing badger damage to growing crops

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Title of host publicationBRIGHTON CROP PROTECTION CONFERENCE: PESTS & DISEASES - 1996
DatePublished - 1996
Pages835-840
Number of pages4
PublisherBRITISH CROP PROTECTION COUNCIL
Place of PublicationFARNHAM
Volume1-3
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)0-948404-99-X

Abstract

Although badgers (Meles meles) are protected in the UK, they are generally common in south and south-west England. Badgers can cause extensive visible damage to agricultural crops, by both direct consumption and trampling. Damage may be reduced legally without a licence by physical exclusion with electric fencing or by the use of certain chemical deterrents. However, these methods may not be effective where damage is considered serious. Under these circumstances, a licence may be obtained to kill or remove the badgers. Recently there has been growing interest in the development of fertility control as a more humane method of reducing badger population densities, and this could provide an alternative means of controlling crop damage in certain circumstances. In this paper, the efficacy of fertility control as a means of badger population control is evaluated using a simulation model.

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